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European Launch of St. Jude's Spinal Cord Stimulation System with Burst Technology

March 20, 2014 8:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical, Inc., a global medical device company, today announced the CE Mark approval and European launch of its Prodigy Chronic Pain System with Burst Technology. As the first and only implantable neuromodulation system that delivers...

Surgical Equipment Market Expected to Reach USD 11.28 Billion Globally in 2019

March 20, 2014 7:32 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Surgical Equipment Market (Surgical Sutures and Staples, Surgical Handheld Instruments, and Electrosurgical Devices) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth...

Functional Brain Imaging Can Provide Better Diagnosis And Treatment Monitoring In Persons With Traumatic Brain Injury

March 19, 2014 5:32 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a devastating problem with serious physical and emotional consequences.  Nick Bell, former Oakland Raider running back, suffered for many years with depression, pain, irritability and isolation as the result...

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Self-Powered Medical Monitoring Devices: Harnessing Free Ambient Energy

March 19, 2014 3:58 pm | by Niranjan Pathare, Sr. Market Development Manager — Battery Management Solutions, Texas Instruments Inc. | Texas Instruments Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Advances in semiconductor design have opened up the possibility of self-powered medical devices in the near future. Typical use cases would be for personal fitness or medical heath monitoring. A self-powered device would be able to energize...

Making Diagnostic Imaging Possible for Patients with Cardiac Implants

March 19, 2014 12:31 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is on the forefront of making diagnostic imaging possible for patients with cardiac implants. Electrophysiologist Eric D. Good, D.O., has implanted the state’s first patient with... 

IBM's Watson to Help Sequence Cancer DNA

March 19, 2014 11:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM and its Watson cloud computing system are partnering with the New York Genome Center to help it sequence DNA for the treatment of brain cancer. New York Genome will use IBM's "Jeopardy!" champion system to sequence the DNA of cancer...

Study Uses Video-Game Device to Prevent Patient Falls

March 19, 2014 11:54 am | by University of Missouri | News | Comments

Technology used in video games is making its way to hospital rooms, where researchers at the University of Missouri hope to learn new ways to prevent falls among hospital patients. Between 700,000 and 1 million people each year fall in...

MedMira Brings First Comprehensive Point-of-Care Rapid HIV Test to Mexico

March 19, 2014 11:32 am | by MedMira Inc. | News | Comments

MedMira Inc. has received approval from the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) to market and sell its Reveal® Rapid HIV Antibody Test (Reveal HIV) in Mexico. Reveal HIV is the first rapid HIV test to be...

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Pocket Diagnosis

March 19, 2014 11:28 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A recently-developed mobile phone application could make monitoring conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and urinary tract infections much clearer and easier for both patients and doctors, and could eventually be used to slow or...

Genetic Test Could Improve Colon Cancer Screening

March 19, 2014 11:16 am | by University of North Carolina Health Care | News | Comments

A non-invasive test that includes detection of the genetic abnormalities related to cancer could significantly improve the effectiveness of colon cancer screening, according to research published by a team of scientists including David... 

Using Big Data to Identify Triple-Negative Breast, Oropharyngeal, and Lung Cancers

March 19, 2014 11:00 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and colleagues used "big data" analytics to predict if a patient is suffering from aggressive triple-negative breast cancer, slower-moving cancers or non-cancerous lesions with 95 percent...  

Small Step Toward Growing Tissue in the Lab

March 19, 2014 10:57 am | by University of Adelaide | News | Comments

University of Adelaide mathematicians have devised a method for identifying how cell clusters have formed by analyzing an image of the cluster. Published in the Journal of Theoretical Biology, their mathematical modelling tool will be useful...

New Lens Design Drastically Improves Kidney Stone Treatment

March 19, 2014 10:42 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

Duke engineers have devised a way to improve the efficiency of lithotripsy — the demolition of kidney stones using focused shock waves. After decades of research, all it took was cutting a groove near the perimeter of the shock wave-focusing...

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Photos of the Day: Shocking Kidney Stones

March 19, 2014 10:42 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

This lithotripsy machine shock wave lens was modified by Duke engineers to more efficiently break up kidney stones. Modifications included a groove cut around the perimeter and an alteration in geometry. Modern lithotripsy machines used to...

New RSV Test Provides Healthcare Providers Objective Results in Minutes

March 19, 2014 10:06 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, announced today that it received 510(k) clearance and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) waiver from the U.S. Food...

Study: EndoChoice Fuse System Detects Significantly More Pre-Cancerous Polyps

March 19, 2014 7:29 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

EndoChoice® today announced that positive results of a pivotal comparison study of standard forward-viewing colonoscopy (SFV) and EndoChoice's Full Spectrum Endoscopy™ System (Fuse™) were published in the March issue of The Lancet Oncology...

Medrobotics Corporation Receives CE Mark for the Flex System

March 18, 2014 11:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medrobotics Corp., a medical robotics company, announced today that the Company received the CE mark for the Flex System and will initiate a limited commercial launch of the product in select European markets. "The Flex System is the first...

Closed System Drug Transfer Device Delivers Safety with Elegance

March 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by Marino Kriheli, Product Manager, Equashield | Articles | Comments

Closed system transfer devices (CSTDs) are used to safely transfer hazardous drugs from one receptacle to another. For example, to prepare and administer chemotherapy drugs, which contain hazardous antineoplastic agents, the drugs need...

3D Printing of Bone Replacement Material

March 18, 2014 2:36 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Currently, there are few methods for healing large bone gaps that occur as a result of injury. The standard method of treatment involves transplanting donor bone to fill the gap. However, disease transmission or rejection of the donor... 

Sentinel: Harnessing the Power of Databases to Evaluate Medical Products

March 18, 2014 2:24 pm | by Michael D. Nguyen, MD, Acting Director of the Division of Epidemiology, FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research | Blogs | Comments

Clinical trials are designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of medications. But the number of participants in clinical trials represents only a fraction of the number of people who will ultimately use the product after FDA approves...

Active MRI Sheds Light on the Body in Motion

March 18, 2014 12:11 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers in California have developed a new MRI technique which images wrist motion in real time. By capturing multiple scans per second, the team have been able to produce movies showing how one of the most complicated joints in the...

Variations in Eye Structure and Function May Reveal Features of Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

March 18, 2014 12:04 pm | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute have discovered eye abnormalities that may help reveal features of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Using a novel laboratory rat model of Alzheimer’s disease and high-resolution...

Medical Device Innovator to Deliver Keynote Address at Focused Ultrasound Symposium

March 18, 2014 12:02 pm | by Focused Ultrasound Foundation | News | Comments

Frederic Moll, M.D., a serial medical device entrepreneur, will kick off the 4th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound in October 2014 with a keynote presentation titled, “Developing a New, Disruptive Therapeutic Modality: From... 

New, Stretchable Antenna for Wearable Health Monitoring

March 18, 2014 11:13 am | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable technologies, such as health monitoring devices. “Many researchers – including our lab – have developed prototype...

Molecular Tests in a Point-of-Care Platform Raise $650M in Investments

March 18, 2014 11:06 am | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Investors are demonstrating confidence in companies that combine molecular testing with results at the point of care, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher said that POC (point of care) diagnostics and...

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